Ever since Simon Cowell left American Idol years ago, we have not had any judges who really told it like it is, but I felt that Simon was mean & snarky in the way that “he” did it. For example, he could say to a contestant, “you suck“. Sure he might have felt that way, but there are other ways of telling someone they suck. The truth hurts, but sometimes we need to hear the truth to give us that much needed kick in the butt wake up call.
But, over the last few episodes of American Idol, I am a new found fan of Nicki Minaj. She delivered the perfect kick in the butt wake up call that a lot of the contestants needed last night. She was right! I would sit here, season after season, critiquing the contestants from my kitchen table and I would always ask “why aren’t the judges telling them like it is?” or “why are they sugar coating it?” or hearing lame comments from the judges like “you’re in it to win it” or “where’s the other half of your dress?“. Most of these American Idol contestants have never received any “real” feedback before in their lives and they need to hear the truth. Nicki Minaj served that up last night on a silver platter to them. She was right when she stated that the contestants needed to “step it up” and shine – show us what you got, or you are going to be very upset….with yourself later. And, I bet a lot of them were… on their trip home. This is a singing competition and everyone wants that golden crown in the end, but you can’t win it if you don’t bring it! Game On!
I did feel bad for some of the contestants though, but only for a few seconds, after they received what they perceived what was harsh feedback and were sent home. But after watching some of the most horrible group night performances on Wednesday where a lot of guys forgot the lyrics to their song, I was surprised when their solo performances turned out much better. These contestants have been told all their life that they could sing by family members and friends, but never have they stood in front of a panel of talented judges who know a thing or two about singing. I get it. I bet it’s probably scary to stand up on that stage and perform, but isn’t that what you wanted? To go to Hollywood? To make a name for yourself? To actually win this competition? If so, then you need to be better than all the rest to keep yourself alive round after round. Nicki was right. If you don’t, then you will be pretty upset with yourself later on.
To date, some of our favorites are: Paul Jolley, Lazaro Arbos, and Nick Boddington. As Guy Week comes to a close, there are 28 guys remaining. Eight of those 28 will be cut next Thursday. The girls are up next week and let’s see how they fair with Nicki’s truthful remarks, and I bet there will be a lot of crying afterwards. Suck it up is all I’ve got to say! If you don’t make it this year, there’s always next year.
Until next week….